Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
In northeastern Minnesota, called Zone 1, total firearms harvest was up 36 percent. In Zone 2, which covers most of the west and central part of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 10 percent and in Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, the take was down 5 percent.
DNR officials said good weather conditions probably helped in the harvest.
Based upon the number of antlerless permits available and the number of permit areas that allow multiple deer to be taken, the DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213 and to date firearms and archery hunters have harvested about 180,000 deer this year.
In much of Minnesota, the firearms deer season ended Nov. 12, and the northern rifle zone season ended Nov. 19. The late southeast firearms deer season is open through Sunday, Nov. 26. The muzzleloader season begins Saturday, Nov. 25, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 10.
Minn. woman arrested on I-94 stop in ND for $1.37 million in pot
WEST FARGO — A northeast Minnesota woman has been arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 280 pounds of marijuana, according to the West Fargo Police Department.
On Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, West Fargo police, in a joint effort with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, made a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in West Fargo near the 45th Street exit.
During the traffic stop, a West Fargo police dog indicated that it detected drugs, giving officers probable cause